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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

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I'm 14 and have stretch marks on the sides of my stomach and on my thighs, I've been working out recently and have been losing weigh but I don't feel like its been rapid, so what can I do? Also, when I get out of the shower I always put lotion on, but nothing works. Now I hate my body & haven't went swimming once this summer because I'm not confident. Please help.





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I'm 13 and I have really bad stretch marks on my back, I have them on my legs the side of my boobs and my hips but not as bad I also have tiny ones on my arms under my armpits. I'm not over weight and have not had gone up to a bigger size then small again. I've been the same size for the most of my life, if you can help me please give me a way to make these go!





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I am 13 and I recently got stretch marks I want treatments for it I was wondering how much is it going to cost?.





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I am 21 and have had stretch marks since the age of 11. I've never been fat but recently lost 2 stone but the marks have not improved. This has always effected my confidence massively. I've never worn a bikini and always wear clothes that cover me up. I know nothing will work completely but I saw on your programme, a woman with a lot of scars on her chest and they used cover up make up. Where can I get this from and can you suggest something else to help?





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Hi I'm 13 years old. My weight is up and down I'm now 9stone. My problem is I've got stretch marks in my breasts,lower back and behind my knee... It stops me wearing a lot of clothes.. And I've tried a lot of creams.. Would you recommend anything? Thanks





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I'm 18 and I'm 4 months into my first pregnancy. Ive always had a few very faint stretch marks on my breasts and hips, and tops of thighs.. But since becomming pregnant ive got more and more thick red and purple stretch marks, particularly in areas where they never used to be, like my calfs. The stretch marks on my hips have gotten worse and there is no way i would where a bikini. i cant even wear dresses without tights. i hear aloe vera cream is good for reducing stretch marks, ive not tried it yet but I'm going to buy some soon. i moisturise as much as possible, I'm so scared of getting even worse stretch marks, at the moment i don't gave any on my belly and im hoping i don't get any! Fingers crossed





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I'm nearly 14, I have strech marks at the top of my arms, on my hips, breasts and the bad of one leg. They really knock my self confidence and I really hate them. I have tried the creams but they don't really work. Is there any advice to go about getting rid or fading them or my confidence. Thanks





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Hi I am 14 an a size 22 I some clothes and I weigh 15 stone. I try to loose weight but all that happens is I am gaining stretch marks! what do I do?





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Hi there I'm 22 I have to little boys and I'm very uncomfortable with myself since having my second I have like this apron belly u can see it through my clothes I find myself sitting bolt upright to try and smooth myself out ... I have bad stretch marks in my thighs inside and outside on my calfs so even wearing dresses is a no no !! The worst are on my belly they are huge rips in my skin and a few of them a bigger than a 2 pence piece in width there so bad they have destroyed my confidence and destroyed me I've tried for 3 years to forget about them wear them with pride I've tried so many diets it just seems the more weight I loose the more saggy I get I also feel my stomach and can feel a big gap right wear my tummy button is I really wish someone would just cast a spell over me so I could be happy again nothing I do will change how I feel about my stretch marks I just want them to go I would I love a tummy tuck but I could never afford it ... I feel like I'm sinking into depression please help x





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I have stretch marks everywhere too. I shot up very fast when I was young and have had them as long as I remember. I know this is partly genetics but mine where really bad when I was younger, fortunately they have gone silver over time but still very visible. I also have very dark thick hair and found life as a teen covered in stretch marks and dark hair very tough, even after a shave I'd still feel my legs very visibly hairy. Am 24 now and although they still bother me i've learnt to expect them, as you grow you realise that many many people have stretch marks, and obviously I've learnt to deal with the hair. I've also found that tanning helps to disguise them very well, although I don't recommend going getting burnt trying to get a tan!! Am now becoming more confident in my body, enjoying party holidays in the summer that I was to embarrassed as a teen to do! I wear short shorts, bikinis and crop tops and tbh I feel from a distance the stretch marks are not visible anymore, it's only close up. The only problem I have is that because the marks where so very bad on my inner thighs that I think they have damaged the integrity and elasticity of the skin and no matter what I do I can not tone them up, I have flabby thighs, and thats that. I am not fat and never was. There is not reason in my eyes to these stupid marks we all get, but just to all these young girls, don't let them get you that down, you don't want to enjoy summer. Get your shorts (and suncream) on and go have fun. We All get stretch marks, remember models are air brushed. And it does get better.





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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